District Election November 3, 2009

The November 3, 2009 ballot for the Running Springs Water District will include the election of three members to the Running Springs Water District Board of Directors and an advisory measure that asks voters whether they would prefer to hold mail only ballot elections beginning November 2011.

There are five candidates running for three Board of Director positions.  The Candidates are: Kenneth Ayers, Pamella Bennett, Jane Garvin, Kirk Garvin, and Paul Shouse.  The candidates receiving the most votes will be sworn in during December to serve a four year term, from December 2009 through December 2013.

The advisory measure, which the Board approved placing on the November 3, 2009 ballot by adopting Resolution 12-09 at the July 15, 2009 Board Meeting, consists of the ballot question “Shall the mail ballot be used to conduct all future general district elections?”  Should the voters affirm the mail ballot election, the District can conduct the mail ballot election beginning with the 2011 General District Election.  This is an advisory measure only, and while the election results are not binding, the results will advise the Board of the voters’ sentiment in holding mail ballot elections in the future.

A mail ballot election involves having ballots mailed to all voters registered to vote within the District.  There would be no polling sites and all completed ballots must be returned to the County Registrar of Voters by the election deadline.  Other features of the mail ballot election, as determined by the Registrar of Voters, are as follows:

  • The cost of the election is less.  The District could save up to $6,000.
  • Voter turnout is usually higher for vote by mail elections.
  • Ballots are mailed to voters 29 days before the election.
  • The election date is the last Tuesday in August (rather than the first Tuesday in November) each odd numbered year.  The election date is the final date that the Registrar of Voters will accept mail ballots.
  • Return postage paid envelopes are provided to voters.
  • The District may establish a central drop-off location for voters who do not want to return their ballots by mail.
  • Semi-Official Election Night Results are released at 8:00 PM.
  • There is a further reduction of cost when other jurisdictions consolidate their mail ballot elections.
  • Voters will make the final decision whether or not future elections (elections following the initial mail ballot election) are to be conducted by mail ballot.  This decision will be made by voting on a binding measure, comparable to the November 3, 2009 advisory measure.